(in ancient Rome) the arms taken by a victorious general from the leader of a defeated army.
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How to use spolia opima in a sentence
Cornelius Cossus, having killed Tolumnius, king of the Veientes, offers the second spolia opima.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08 | Titus Livius
By far the most remarkable object in the triumph was Cossus, bearing the spolia opima of the king he had slain.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08 | Titus Livius
He knew, as all these others knew and as all the world knows, that a beautiful woman is above all things spolia opima of war.The Covered Wagon | Emerson Hough
To him the richest spoils of war (spolia opima) were due, and to him the conqueror gave thanks on his return from battle.The Religion of Numa | Jesse Benedict Carter
The spoils were called spolia opima, according to Varro, because opim means excellence.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4) | Plutarch